Cervical Cancer

Cervical Cancer Specialist
If you’ve tested positive for cervical cancer, Emery M. Salom, MD, Jacob Tangir, MD, and Jonathan Black, MD, MPH are the doctors you’ll want on your side. Their extensive expertise with gynecologic cancers gives them the most insight into the disease and proper treatment. These doctors serve women with cervical cancer in the Hollywood, Miramar, Plantation, or Hialeah, Florida, areas at The Center for Gynecologic Oncology. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Salom, Dr. Black, or Dr. Tangir by calling the center today.

Cervical Cancer Q & A

How do I know if I have cervical cancer?

Many cervical cancer cases are detected during routine Pap smears. During a Pap smear, Dr. Salom or Dr. Tangir swab the outside of your cervix and send the tissue to the lab for testing. If your Pap test comes back abnormal, your gynecologist provides further testing to rule out or confirm cervical cancer.


If the Pap test shows a positive result for squamous cell cancer or adenocarcinoma cells, it likely means you have cervical cancer.


Dr. Salom or Dr. Tangir performs a colposcopy or an endocervical scraping to extract tissue for biopsy. The biopsy will confirm or disprove a cervical cancer diagnosis.

What are the treatment options for cervical cancer?

Treatment for cervical depends on:

  • The stage of the cervical cancer
  • The size, location, and shape of the tumor
  • Your health and age
  • Your fertility concerns

Advanced-stage cancers require more aggressive treatments, whereas preservation of your reproductive organs may be possible with for early-stage cancers.

Surgical options include:

  • Loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP): uses electricity to remove abnormal cells.
  • Cryotherapy: freezes, then removes abnormal cells
  • Laser therapy: uses a laser beam to cut away tissue or lesions
  • Conization: removes a cone-shaped piece of cervical tissue for biopsy. Sometimes, conization is enough to remove all abnormal cells.
  • Hysterectomy: removes your uterus.
  • Pelvic exenteration: removes the cervix, vagina, ovaries, surrounding lymph nodes, lower colon, rectum, and bladder.

Dr. Salom and Dr. Tangir use minimally invasive robotic surgery whenever possible. After surgery, they may use chemotherapy or radiation to kill off any remaining cancer cells. Dr. Salom and Dr. Tangir offer chemotherapy right in their friendly, familiar offices.

What is the outlook for women with cervical cancer?

Women with precancerous cells can be cured with proper treatment and follow-up. If the cancer has spread inside the cervical walls, the five-year survival rate is 92%. The farther cervical cancer spreads beyond the cervical walls, the lower the survival rate.

Cervical cancer is a specialty of Dr. Salom and Dr. Tangir, so make an appointment by calling CGO to discuss your treatment options.

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